Meet Sarit – OneTable’s First Ever NYC City Manager
Say hi to Sarit Wishnevski. She comes to us having a background as a chef and community builder. We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce her to our community of guests, hosts, and friends around the country. Learn a little bit more about who Sarit is, what she enjoys most about her new position and what she does in her free time — hint it has to do with food. Want to connect and learn more about hosting in NYC? Check out onetable.org/host and you can email Sarit@onetable.org.
Q: What’s your vision as the first ever OneTable NYC City Manager?
Things I am so excited about as the OneTable NYC Manager: expanding OneTable into new communities, growing and strengthening our NYC coaching program and coach-host relationships, and supporting more amazing Shabbat experiences all over the city!
Q: What inspires you?
In the day-to-day I’m inspired by NYC, constantly. Even walking the same streets, I come across new windows to look in or new people to meet; New York is an amazing place to call home. I’m also super inspired by travel. I travel for experience, perspective, and inspiration. One way it plays out in my life is in the kitchen. Learning about new (to me) ingredients and spices is really fun and exciting and then thinking about how to incorporate them into my cooking and share with guests at my table.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not at work?
Cooking. The kitchen is my favorite room in the house and there’s no place I’d rather be than in my kitchen, putting together a meal for friends, family, and guests. When I host I invite folks to bring their drinks and hang out while I prepare the meal. Sharing my love of food and cooking is so meaningful and important to me.
Other things that I’m really into: hiking with my husband, Ari, and our awesome pup Jax, reading short stories, spending a day binging on a new show, and riding my bicycle around the city.
Q: Who would we meet at your Shabbat dinner table?
At my table you would meet a super diverse spectrum of people. We love hosting our friends and we also love to host strangers! We’ve welcomed tourists from all over the world and made new friends here in NYC.
Q: You have a culinary background — what are some of your favorite dishes and cuisines?
I’m really into Mediterranean foods and ingredients – which is good for an indecisive person like me because that’s a huge range! Ingredients like olive oil, lemons, capers, lamb, North African spice blends like Ras el Hanout, aromatic rice dishes, pastas, slow cooked meats, whole fish, and tons of fresh herbs. I cook with ton of Israeli flavors as well as Italian, Greek, and French. It’s also important for me to cook with local to NY ingredients and produce and I can spend hours at the Farmers Markets.
Some of my favorite things to make: fresh bread, jam, pan roasted chicken (like this one!) in cast-iron skillets, cinnamon rolls, fresh pasta tossed with fresh greens, olive oil, and garlic, pretty much cauliflower anything, and maple sriracha Brussels sprouts.
Put together a version of this #notsaddesklunch for the @infatuation team through @eathomemade! Pieces of grilled cilantro, lime, and orange marinated dark meat chicken over a salad of cumin basmati rice, arugula, radicchio, spicy and sweet walnuts, pomegranate seeds, and persimmon! Served with an amazing cilantro lime and serrano chili dressing 😋🍴